A lot of creative types often take corporate jobs with the hope that they will one day work their way up to breaking off and doing their own thing. Matthew Foster, Fritz Mesenbrink, and Jeremy Pelley did just that, leaving their big ad agency positions to form the Portland-based Official Manufacturing Company, which is the very definition of hip and stylish, designing coffee packaging (they did Stumptown’s distinctive look), album covers, websites, print ads, t-shirts, and whatever else strikes their fancy. They also have one of the most memorable URLs out there.
Dark Matter is a brilliant coffee company that was born this past forth of July. It is associated with (and lives above) the amazing Star Lounge Coffee Bar in Chicago. Star Lounge has been roasting its own coffee and selling it in store for a while. And now it’s available for sale outside of their own store.
Coffee: an imperative element of my sanity (and probably yours too), even if a new study suggests that it’s simply sipped to curb nighttime withdrawals. So when in need of a jolt, why not drink from an aesthetically caffeinated bag of beans from the famed Minneapolis small-batch coffee roasters, Bull Run.